Friday, March 15, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for March 15, 2013: Sprinkle

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Sprinkle.

Sprinkle is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Sprinkle is described as follows:
On a Planetary Moon, far, far Away
The inhabitants of Titan, one of Saturn's moons, lived out their days happily and peacefully in straw hut homes, without the need for fire protection or defense for as long as anyone could remember. Then one day, space tourists from Earth inadvertently crashed through Saturn's rings, bringing a storm of flaming asteroids crashing down on the Titans. To combat the widespread fires threatening their homes, the Titans built a massive water cannon. And they've asked YOU to man it!

The Details
Using a water cannon mounted on a crane, players must adjust the height and angle of the cannon to fight fires, move obstacles, spin wheels and activate traps in this challenging water physics-based puzzler! Squirt carefully, as you will run out of water, and the less water you use, the more drops you earn.

Using some of the most realistic water physics seen on a mobile device yet, Sprinkle is a brain-teasing game that will have players straining to figure out each puzzle and obstacle.

Sprinkle Features
Amazing water physics: some of the most realistic water physics ever seen on a mobile device make Sprinkle an exciting and addictive puzzler.

Brain-teasing puzzles: what starts as simply pointing and spraying to quench each fire becomes much more challenging through the 72 levels, as players must overcome the intricacies of each puzzle before time and water run out.

Blocks, boulders, and cogs (oh my!): Use the power of your water cannon to move blocks of ice and boulders, spin giant cogs, and depress traps in order to reach and extinguish every last fire.
Sprinkle has a 4.4-star rating in Google Play; it has a 4.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon.com has upped the ante and released a number of very well-rated FAOTDs.

"Buy" this one while it is free.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There, it is priced at $1.99 and has 4.5-stars for the current version and 4.5-stars overall.

We continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer.

We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad).

Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

Apple has already lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said Amazon.com had participated in "false advertising."



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